Each Wednesday night of the school year 300 – 500 college students in The Well community gather for an experience where teaching, worship, and music come together to help bring life and faith into focus. With a creative, real life approach, each gathering is designed to help students connect with Jesus Christ in a personal way!
SMALL GROUP BIBLE STUDIES
Weekly, hundreds of students participate in student-led, small group Bible studies. We believe students grow best in the circle of a small group, rather than the rows of a large group gathering. As a result, small groups are designed to help students grow in their understanding of God’s Word. At the same time, small groups help students develop friendships and relationships that will help them to remain faithful to Christ, as they face the temptations of college life.
Our desire is to see college students mobilized to reach their generation and to be equipped to reach the generations that will follow. Through student volunteer teams, service projects, and mission trips, students are encouraged to use their gifts to reach their campus, community, and world for the cause of Christ!
We like to have fun, because college students like to have fun. As a result, our desire is to create “Christ-centered events that college students love to attend!” Through fun events like Barn Parties and Spring Dances, students have opportunities to invite friends who wouldn’t otherwise attend a worship gathering or a Bible study. As a result, these events open doors for spiritual conversations to take place.
For decades, a nightclub has existed within walking distance of ETSU. It has been called The Seahorse, Tu-La-Fe, The Planet, Chrome, and most recently The Library.
19 years ago, we started praying over that property, asking that the gospel of Jesus Christ would be proclaimed there and that a new kind of singing and dancing would take place for the glory of God.
When we found out our current meeting location at the Millennium Centre would soon be bought out, we knew our ability to lease the space would be more inconsistent by the fall of 2020. We wanted to stay within walking distance of ETSU, and our eyes shifted toward West Walnut Street.
By the grace of God and the generosity of 50 families, on December 21st, 2018 we purchased this property debt-free for the price of $900,000! The Well officially owns The Library Nightclub!
SO WHAT IS 2020?
2020 is the name of the capital campaign to raise the funds necessary to tear down this property and transform the nightclub into a trendy coffee shop, a worship auditorium, and our offices.
The Well is non-denominational campus ministry unique to ETSU. We are not part of a larger national organization. We have always been completely funded by gifts of alumni, families, individuals, churches, and businesses from our community. This is a HUGE step of faith for us!
SO WHY 2020
Because we need to begin construction by the fall of 2020. And wouldn’t you know, the property address is 820 West Walnut. We need to begin construction by 8/20 – August of 2020 – to provide a new home for The Well, beginning in 2021.
THE PREVIOUS PROPERTY WAS COMPOSED OF TWO DIFFERENT BUILDINGS – 812 AND 820 WEST WALNUT ST. WE HAVE TORN DOWN BOTH OF THESE EXISTING STRUCTURES DUE TO SEVERE FIRE DAMAGE, AND OUR VISION IS TO BUILD THREE DISTINCT AREAS ON THE PROPERTY.
We have torn down the structure on 812 and plan to replace it with a trendy coffee shop that will face West Walnut Street. The city hopes to make West Walnut a thriving street that links the university to downtown with restaurants, parks, and apartment buildings that will invite pedestrian traffic. This coffee shop falls right in line with their vision, and ours, as we seek to continue to minister to this demographic. We seek to build a beautiful and inviting space on the inside and out, where students can gather, study, and build relationships. We see this as a way to hire our students and have a Christ-centered business that will be a light on this street and a front door to meeting students right where they are. This will be a 6-day a week facility and separate from our main building. All profits from this business will be used to fund the operating expenses of The Well Ministry.
The main component of our construction on West Walnut will be the facility used for our weekly worship gatherings. We have tear down the existing structure on 820 West Walnut and replace it with a 600-seat auditorium. An auditorium this size will allow us to have banquets, concerts, and special events in this space. There will be a catering kitchen between the coffee shop and the worship center, so that large-scale banquets will be possible. We see this as not only a blessing to our ministry, but to the community at large where venues like this are needed in our city.
We plan to move our main offices of The Well to the property on 820 West Walnut Street. We plan to have a number of offices for our staff team and spaces for meetings and small group Bible Studies. Additionally, the outside green space can be utilized as a multi-purpose gathering space for both the coffee shop and our main building.
ALTHOUGH FINAL COST(S) ARE STILL BEING DEVELOPED,
ARCHITECTS HAVE GIVEN US THE FOLLOWING COST PROJECTIONS.
TOTAL LAND ACQUISITION COSTS – $900,000
PHASE 1 WAS FULLY FUNDED BY APPROXIMATELY 50 FAMILIES.
|PROJECTED BUILDING COST||$4,429,035.00|
OUR DESIRE IS TO HAVE AT LEAST $3 MILLION IN HAND BY THE FALL OF 2020.
FURTHER, OUR PRAYER IS THAT WE WILL HAVE PLEDGES IN PLACE FOR THE REMAINING BALANCE, THAT WILL COME IN THROUGHOUT 2021 AND 2022.
REALIZATION OF THESE FAITH GOALS WILL HELP US BEGIN CONSTRUCTION BY THE FALL OF 2020, SO THAT CONSTRUCTION WILL BE COMPLETE BY THE FALL OF 2021.
WITH THAT SAID, OUR PRAYER IS THAT YOU WOULD CONSIDER A 2 OR 3 YEAR PLEDGE HELPING US TO ACHIEVE OUR GOALS. THE FOLLOWING TABLE GIVES A BREAKDOWN OF POSSIBLE 2 OR 3 YEAR PLEDGES THAT WILL HELP MEET THIS NEED.
WITH HUMILITY, WOULD YOUR FAMILY, BUSINESS, AND CHURCH PRAYERFULLY CONSIDER PARTNERING WITH US?
2 OR 3 YEAR PLEDGES
|NUMBER OF DONORS||PLEDGE OF||TOTAL PARTNERSHIP GIFT|